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Comment Re:First the Windows 10 Keyloggers, now this? (Score 0) 118

This has been debunked.

Ah, the drive-by "debunker". A poster whose first sentence is authoritative (always uses the word "debunked") and will put an end to all the rabble and their conspiracy theories.

There is no keylogger.

These are not the droids you're looking for, huh? Not only did you authoritatively state my conspiracy theory was debunked without any link or reference, you also refute the subject without any references. This tells me that the statement is usually pretty bunked!

If you have a packet capture that says otherwise, feel free to correct everyone that bothered to look into it.

Of course! Unless I can decipher the mounds of binary uploads Windows 10 provides to MS and show where the data is uploaded, I'm a liar. Then why hasn't PCWorld been sued for libel?

Intellectual property.

Of a keyboard. Yeah, ok.

Comment First the Windows 10 Keyloggers, now this? (Score 0) 118

Microsoft really wants everyone's keystrokes, don't they? What other rationale is there to spend even $1 on a company that develops and maintains a product only to give it away to its customers free of charge? If decide to ever go back to Android, it'll be stock keyboards for me from here on out!

Comment Re:Please ignore what they say. (Score 1) 184

Thank you! I get this all the time from people. No matter what someone says, they get the classic ad hominem attack thrown at them. Do I like the NSA? Not particularly, after everything I've seen. Do I believe anything the government has to say about most topics? Generally, no. But this man is correct, and his message is correct: "Arguing against encryption is a waste of time."

We can wax intellectual all day long about whether we think he has ulterior motives for coming out with that message, or whether the organizations he's associated with can ultimately be trusted, but the message is correct and we need to champion it. So others can see it, read it, hear it, reference it; get the message out there to the non-believers. In the end, whether they have broken all known forms of encryption or not, arguing against it is indeed a waste of time.

Blindly disagreeing with someone because they're "the NSA" means, in this case, that you have to make the argument that "Arguing against encryption is a worthwhile endeavor", and that's just stupid.

Comment Re:Damn straight (Score 2) 29

I offer another proposal to Chairman Wheeler: allow the carriers to choose between common carrier status (with all its legal protections) and, what, data portal status maybe (with zero liability protections for transmitted content). If Verizon, Comcast, et al want to snoop traffic, then they should be legally on the hook for the content of that traffic. If they don't want to be liable for every possible copyright violation or prohibited content flowing through their network, then they damn well better choose to be dumb pipes.

I agree whole-heartedly. However, this uses an incorrect assumption. The assumption being that we still have a functioning republic with a just legal system. We don't, it's been usurped and the big boys just make up the rules as they go.

Once you understand that, the problem is this: given the option they'll gladly choose to be a "data portal". Of course, they won't be held liable for *every* possible copyright infringement or prohibited content that flows through the network, only the content deemed by the corporate overlords and elitists to be dangerous. At which point such content will be banished from the network. This will happen every time a slave gets uppity and creates or consumes content that is dangerous to their complete control over the population.

The "fines" for allowing the banished content will always be a slap on the wrist, putting on airs for all us proles to feel good about. Unless, of course, people who know better stand up now, not now but RIGHT NOW, and demand an end to all of this nonsense. But time's running short; a few more years and there won't be many of us left who understand what the free, open internetwork is supposed to look like, and once the network's gone full-on cable-TV replacement, we've lost for good.

Comment Re:Why start with Apple? (Score 1) 875

Go fuck yourself. I own an iPhone and a MacBook, which I love and use every day, and am seriously considering voting for Trump. I am not a luddite, nor a troglodyte, and neither inbred nor uneducated.

You're playing right into their hands. Trump is a bit of a blowhard, and he consistently says things that, when taken out of context or provided in a 5 second sound bite, sound completely ludicrous.

He's using Apple computer as an example of a company that has (for better or worse) gotten filthy rich off of slave labor and overseas production while Americans here at home are out of work. I happen agree with him that we need to build things here again. Make things in the United States that we can take pride in. We really *can* do those things here. There are plenty of other examples besides Apple of companies that use the current arrangement to their benefit, not just Apple.

But as long as people like you can reduce someone who happens to agree that we should see what we can do about making things, something, here at home again to "neo fascist piles of human excrement", we all lose. I'm not a Republican (nor a Democrat), but even if Trump was saying we should put restrictions on companies using overseas slave labor instead of American labor (which he wasn't), that sure sounds awful god-damned left wing to me. What is it you're fighting against exactly? The message or the man?

Comment Re:Apple with just raise prices (Score 1) 875

The reason why manufacturing of consumer goods was shipped overseas is because it was discovered that we couldn't afford the consumer goods as well at higher prices to pay American workers to make the goods.

Bullshit. Americans could absolutely afford to buy their own goods before the major outsourcings during the 80's and 90's. Things cost more back then, yes, and as such had more value placed on them as well as an expectation of durability that no longer exists. I remember my parents paying ~$750 for a console television in 1978. That was a lot of cake for 1978, considering you could get a really nice car for about 10x that (~$7500). That console TV lasted well into the 90's and I believe was replaced in 1998.

Those $750 TVs were providing a lot of people with good jobs with good benefits to go along with them. Nowadays, we'll still pay $2000 for a (arguably more advanced) TV that fails within a decade and gets replaced again, made with slave labor and by robots. Where's all that money going? If we don't have the factories and fabs to produce modern electronics in the United States, that's no one's fault but our own for buying into the bullshit of the "modern global economy". It doesn't work for the slaves overseas and it doesn't work for us.

Whether Trump is right or wrong I agree, it's time to end this failed experiment of "Free Trade" and see what we can do about actually producing things in this country again. Otherwise we have nowhere to continue but further down the hole.

Comment Re:The post-9/11 "hide wonders from the kids" blue (Score 2) 54

I remember taking a field trip in 4th grade to the local telephone central office. We toured the entire facility. I don't think I would be who/where I am today if I hadn't have taken that field trip. I had never seen so many different wires and connections and lights, and I wanted to know what they all did.

Today, the CO is a "domestic terrorist target" and as such is off limits to anyone, especially those pesky 10 year olds. You know they're all secret sleeper cells, right? Kids today are screwed, they're mentally DOA from all the nanny-state and helicopter parent garbage and there is no vision to the real world to break them out of it.

It makes me very sad.

Comment Re:Fix bootlocked Kitkat? (Score 1) 126

I hate to be this guy, but why do you run a device that won't let you install your own software? I don't mean to say you shouldn't use Android, but my Verizon LG G3 at least allows me to root it and install a custom recovery so I can run Cyanogenmod or whatever other custom builds I'd like.

This is why I would never buy a Samsung phone, way too locked down for what I want to do with it. I have an iPhone and an iPad for all of my walled garden needs, I refuse to accept the same from Android. If the day ever comes where I am unable to find suitable hardware to run the way I see fit, I just won't use it any longer. If I'm forced into a walled garden, I'll use Apple's because at least they don't try to pretend they aren't one.

Comment Interestingly enough... (Score 1) 344

If you have a jailbroken iPhone 4S (and only the 4S), you can downgrade it to iOS 6.1.3 through a glitch in Apple's upgrade system. I'm waiting for a jailbreak for 9.2 so I can do exactly that.

The method is described in detail here, it's a bit involved but it might help some technically minded people restore some life back into their perfectly capable devices.

Comment Re:Hyberbole much? (Score 1) 278

I still travel. Of course, I don't get to see the socialist utopias of Europe (which, with that attitude is where I assume you're from and exactly why I have no desire to ever set foot around you people ever again), but you see, most people over here see YOU as the ignorant joke of the first world, with the exception of super-liberal media sites and NPR. But keep telling yourselves how much better you are than everyone else and I'm sure one day you'll make it!

Merry Christmas from the US of fucking A, asshole!

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